Past Exhibition



Washing off the Sand

25 July – 18 August 2019




Adrian Lockhart’s intimate, lyrical paintings and drawings reflect his love of the ocean and beach life. He brings sensuality to very tactile works and the sureness of his touch can make each mark say so much.

My exhibition ‘Washing off the Sand’ at Metropolis Gallery represents many times spent surfing, then observing the beach activity. This work is about the dance on, in and by the sea. The reclining, sunbaking bodies on the sand; people running into the surf; the wading in the shallows and the final act of washing away the salt, the oil, the sand, under the beachside shower. Washing away all but the memory. It also represents a guilty pleasure, especially guilty the washing down of a surfboard to put in my car, to drive home to the studio, to reflect and work on the memory of it all. (Adrian Lockhart 2019)

Adrian was born in 1947 in remote Queenstown on the west coast of Tasmania. A doodler from the beginning, his mother always complained that she could never find a piece of paper without his drawings all over it. He moved to Launceston with his family in 1952 and in 1962 joined ‘The Examiner’ as a junior artist where deadlines meant thinking and working at great speed. In 1970 he moved to Sydney and while working as a successful art director he continued to paint. By the early 1980's he finally decided to concentrate on painting full-time.

Adrian Lockhart has exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout Australia nearly every year for the past 30 years and this is his fourth exhibition with Metropolis Gallery. His paintings are represented in major national and international collections.

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